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Lunchtime information

 School Lunches

Lunchtime is from 12.00pm-1.00pm every day in year 1 and year 2. For reception this is from 11.50am-1.00pm.

Due to COVID-19 we have changed these times so that lunchtime breaks are staggered.  Please see the COVID-19 page for more information.  

Children have the option of choosing a free school lunch or bringing a packed lunch from home. Please see the current menu here.

Long established education caterers, Taylor Shaw are proud to serve freshly made school meals on site for the children, under the Food for Life Bronze Award. Taylor Shaw have become one of the UK’s leading specialist caterers in the primary education sector, using fresh and local produce to build a positive food culture amongst pupils, including fun theme days and food education events to contribute to the welfare of the young people in their learning environment. The free school lunches are cooked on site at Brightside NI School and pupils can choose from five options daily. There are two hot lunches (one vegetarian option), a jacket potato with various fillings and two sandwich options. Your child will choose from the menu daily at register time in the morning.

With quality and well-being at the heart of the service, Taylor Shaw are committed to providing pupils with an exciting menu, tailored to the palettes and dietary requirements of our pupils. From field to fork, the menu available on site offers innovative yet responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers with support from Taylor Shaw’s creative food development team.

Our pupils are served by our dedicated catering team of passionate food-lovers that pride themselves on a truly personal service that is compliant and nutritious, backed by the team of Taylor Shaw dieticians, Gemma Ewen, Hannah Allan and Hannah Dobson.

Please inform the school if your child has any dietary requirements or allergies as the school menus can be adapted to meet your child's needs. 

We are a nut free school. No nuts or nut products are allowed in school.


Lunchtime Monitors

Some of the year 2 children have applied to be lunchtime monitors. They help the lunchtime supervisors to support some of the reception and year 1 children in the dining hall. 


Packed Lunch information

We believe eating well is important for children’s health and development.

A healthy, enjoyable lunch gives children the energy they need to learn, play and do well at school.

Please support the school’s Healthy Lunch Box Policy by following these guidelines.

School milk and fruit

All children are provided with a piece of fruit for their morning snack.  School milk is available at playtime/snack time and is free until children are 5 years old.  When children are 5 years old, school milk can be purchased termly by paying at the school office. We encourage children to bring water bottles to school to use in the classrooms.

Play time

There is a large playground at Brightside NI School for the reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils to use at playtime and lunchtime. It has a range of play equipment for the pupils.

Reception and nursery children also have their own outdoor areas that are attached to their classrooms.

At Brightside we have been developing different play zones to enable children to play constructively in areas without inhibiting others.

Our playground currently has:

  • A quiet zone – a place where children can read, draw and write.
  • A games zone – Lunchtime Supervisors lead a number of traditional games each day such as skipping, circus skills, throwing and catching, hopscotch and circle games.
  • A school garden zone – a zone where children can support with gardening, make dens and explore.
  • A team games zone – 3 separate areas to play football, basketball etc. Archers Sports Coaches support the children 3 days per week.
  • An imaginative zone – this is an area where children can use material and other equipment to develop their imaginative play.

At playtime children are able to choose to enjoy their own free play or join in with the lunchtime supervisors and sports coaches.